Wales local elections 2017

Elections were held in all 22 Welsh councils. The Conservatives win control of Monmouthshire as Labour loses Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend, but holds onto Cardiff. Plaid Cymru increases its majority in Gwynedd, but falls short of taking Camarthenshire.

How results are calculated and reported.

National councils scoreboard

National councils scoreboard
Party Councils Seats
CouncilsTotal Councils Change SeatsTotal Seats Change

Party Labour

Councils Total7 Councils Change−3 Seats Total472 Seats Change−107

Party Independent

Councils Total3 Councils Change+1 Seats Total322 Seats Change+13

Party Plaid Cymru

Councils Total1 Councils Change- Seats Total202 Seats Change+33

Party Conservative

Councils Total1 Councils Change+1 Seats Total184 Seats Change+80

Party Liberal Democrat

Councils Total0 Councils Change- Seats Total62 Seats Change−11

Party Llais Gwynedd

Councils Total0 Councils Change- Seats Total6 Seats Change−7

Party Green

Councils Total0 Councils Change- Seats Total1 Seats Change+1

Party Liberal

Councils Total0 Councils Change- Seats Total0 Seats Change-

Party Residents' Association

Councils Total0 Councils Change- Seats Total0 Seats Change-

Party UKIP

Councils Total0 Councils Change- Seats Total0 Seats Change−2

Party No Overall Control

Councils Total10 Councils Change+1 Seats Total- Seats Change-
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Councils A-Z

  1. Anglesey
    NOC NO CHANGE
  2. Blaenau Gwent
    IND GAIN FROM LAB
  3. Bridgend
    LAB LOSE TO NOC
  4. Caerphilly
    LAB HOLD
  5. Cardiff
    LAB HOLD
  6. Carmarthenshire
    NOC NO CHANGE
  7. Ceredigion
    NOC NO CHANGE
  8. Conwy
    NOC NO CHANGE
  9. Denbighshire
    NOC NO CHANGE
  10. Flintshire
    NOC NO CHANGE
  11. Gwynedd
    PC HOLD
  12. Merthyr Tydfil
    IND GAIN FROM LAB
  13. Monmouthshire
    CON GAIN FROM NOC
  14. Neath Port Talbot
    LAB HOLD
  15. Newport
    LAB HOLD
  16. Pembrokeshire
    IND HOLD
  17. Powys
    IND LOSE TO NOC
  18. Rhondda Cynon Taf
    LAB HOLD
  19. Swansea
    LAB HOLD
  20. Torfaen
    LAB HOLD
  21. Vale of Glamorgan
    NOC NO CHANGE
  22. Wrexham
    NOC NO CHANGE

Latest Updates

  1. What happened last time?

    Most Welsh councils had their last elections in 2012. Labour made significant gains which meant that almost half of the councillors elected represented the party.

    Anglesey's election was postponed for a year. In 2013, 14 of the 30 councillors elected there were independent and they proceeded to govern the island in coalition with Labour.

  2. Can the Lib Dems make significant gains?

    Benchmarks: Liberal Democrats

    Prof Scully says the Liberal Democrats "suffered horrendous losses five years ago" and that they will be looking to make "some sort of significant gains", particularly in their areas of historic strength.

    The party will be hoping to make gains in Cardiff, a council it ran until 2012 (albeit without a majority).  

    The Lib Dems dropped to 72 councillors in 2012, so will be hoping to get over the 100-seat mark this time.

  3. UKIP hopes to 'hold the balance of power'

    Benchmarks: UKIP

    UKIP went into this year's election with no councillors in any of Wales' 22 unitary authorities.

    It has fielded 80 candidates and while that means it cannot hope to control any councils, the party says it hopes to hold the balance of power in some.

  4. Will Labour lose ground in the capital?

    Cardiff

    Prof Roger Scully

    Cardiff council is another one to watch tonight. It's been controlled Labour since 2012, though the party's majority in the capital city has shrunk since then.

    “There was a Labour majority here five years ago – the group here has been somewhat fractious to say the least since then. 

    “As with much of Wales, the twin questions are – how much ground are Labour losing and who are they losing it to? 

    “Labour is being challenged by different parties – the Tories, Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru - in different parts of the city.

    “This council may show us how effective those parties are in challenging Labour.”

  5. First result

    In Flintshire, Labour's David Wisinger has held his seat in Queensferry. 

  6. Another Labour loss in Wrexham

    Labour has lost a second seat in Wrexham to an independent.

    Prof John Curtice says this was in a ward where the party won as much as 72% of the vote four years ago. 

    He adds that on the first two results for Wrexham council, it looks as though the elections there could prove to be difficult for the party. 

    On the other hand, so far the party has been managing to hang on to seats in nearby Flintshire. 

  7. Tribute at the Ceredigion count

    A minute's silence was held at the Ceredigion count in Aberaeron following the death of one of the candidates for this election. 

    Neil Flower, a Liberal Democrat candidate in Llandyfriog, near Newcastle Emlyn, died last week. The election for the seat was suspended. 

    Returning officer Bronwen Morgan has just confirmed that the election has been rescheduled for 8 June 2017.

  8. 'A bad night for Labour'

    On the results that have come in so far, Prof Roger Scully from Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre says: "We don't yet have clear general patterns but I think there's enough in England and Wales to say it’s clearly a bad night for Labour.

    "We don't know if it’s a bad night or a very bad night."

  9. The story so far

    The picture across Wales remains unclear, with most of the declarations from yesterday's local government elections still to come in.

    A Labour source has told BBC Wales of fears his party could lose control of Merthyr council.

    Another Labour source has admitted the picture at Blaenau Gwent council is "very challenging."

    But he played down a Tory advance in Wales, saying gains they predicted have "not transpired".

    He referred to the picture in Wrexham as "nuanced", and said reports from Swansea and Newport were "positive" for Labour.

    A Tory insider said it was looking good for the Conservatives in Monmouthshire with no losses. 

    Meanwhile a Plaid Cymru source said it looks as if his party will hold on to its 19 seats in Ceredigion, and may make gains in Ynys Mon. 

    Peter Black, a former Lib Dem AM said the party will be "lucky to hold on" to what they've got in Swansea.